Kirill the Thrill just don’t quit.
Moments after Joel Eriksson Ek had his hat trick stolen by an offsides review, he ended up in the penalty box along with Blues’ Robert Thomas after a little tussle. Kirill Kaprizov decided to avenge Eriksson Ek’s retracted hat trick in the resulting 4-on-4 by completing his own.
This is, wildly enough, the first post-season hat trick in Minnesota Wild history. His 3rd goal was the cap on a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. As for his previous goals, his first goal of the game came in the late first period with the Wild on the power play. That was a gritty goal that put the Wild up 3-0 headed into the second:
His second goal came a few minutes before his final one. Kirill’s friend, Mats Zuccarello helped him out by creating a great chance for him. Kirill skated up and smacked it home before the Blues could even recover.
Then, of course, his glorious goal that finally ended this one 6-2 Wild. This was the Wild team I expected to see last game. They’re a great team when it comes to scoring and they have the legendary Marc-Andre Fleury in net to boot. Fleury stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced tonight, a great bounce back for him. Now the Wild have tied this series 1-1 as they head down to St. Louis to play in the Blues’ home barn. I think they could pull this one out actually. They’re a great team that just plays rough. No matter what, I’m excited to see more.
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